EU probes Elton John concert it funded

BRUSSELS (AP) - November 12, 2010

EU spokesman Tom van Lierop said Friday the EU Commission wants "to know as quickly as possible" why local authorities used money typically earmarked to boost the economies of poorer EU countries for the British pop star's concert.

John performed before thousands of people in September 2009 in the heart of Naples at the Piedigrotta festival, which is backed by local authorities.

National authorities have a lot of leeway to approve spending from such funds under euro50 million ($69 million), but the commission wants to know why any money was used for such a concert.

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